Kalookan’s Dirty Water

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A typhoid fever outbreak in Barangay Sawata in Kalookan City was declared by the DOH after four persons died and 113 others were hospitalized due to the disease from May 15 to July 6. Epidemiologists reported a clustering of cases in Sawata Area 1 where people allegedly got their water supply from illegal connections. Sawata has an average population of about 35,000 or about 5,000 families.

Health authorities disclosed that poor environmental sanitation, like clogged drainage in the area and ambulant vendors are major contributory factors in the spread of the disease. Local authorities distributed potable water and chlorine stock solutions to households affected by the outbreak.

Illegal water connections were closed down by the Maynilad Water Services in an effort to control the outbreak. The disconnection reinforced findings that the said connections were source of the outbreak as laboratory examination of water samples after the closure showed an improvement in the water quality.